Over 950 people turned out Thursday evening to set a new world record for the number of people reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
The record breaking event, in the village known as the official Birthplace of Memorial Day, was held at Tom Coughlin Stadium at the Waterloo Jr. & Sr. High School.
The commander of The American Legion Department of New York, Rena M. Nessler, led the pledge. Commander Nessler served from 1969 to 1972, and was honorably discharged as a yeoman third class; she is the first woman to hold the position of Commander of The American Legion in New York.
The Finger Lakes Radio Group organized the event.
Special thanks to:
Ray Turri – Finger Lakes Equipment Rental (for help with the flag)
Chris Shaffer – Sessler Wrecking (for help with the flag)
Celebrate Commemorate – for use of their flag
Waterloo School District-
Terri Bavis (Superintendent)
Tim Lincoln – AV Director
Toby Coleman – IT (drone)
Jeff Mochan – Director of Buildings and Grounds
Waterloo Police Department – Chief Jason Godley
Boy Scouts – help holding the flag
Waterfalls Girl Scouts – for soliciting water from area businesses to sell – they were raising funds for the Lopez-Delcruz family
Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.
What better way to celebrate #FlagDay 🇺🇸!! This crowd in #Waterloo is attempting to break the world record for the most people saying the pledge of allegiance at once. I’ll tell you if they accomplish the feat later on @SPECNewsROC pic.twitter.com/yPxceHOb7m— Madison Marquardt (@MMarquardtTV) June 14, 2018